Demon Slayer Anime Film Slapped With R-Rating In The U.S.

Demon Slayer Anime Film Slapped With R-Rating In The U.S.
Screenshot: Aniplex USA

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train is the highest-grossing film in Japanese movie history. Now, the movie is headed to U.S. theatres. With an R-rating. (About equivalent to MA15+ in Australia.)

Released last spring, the animated feature became a box office juggernaut, surpassing the previous earnings king Spirited Away. As Deadline reports, the movie made $US100 ($130) million at the Japanese box office in just ten days. Even with the pandemic, people went to see it — all kinds of folks, too, young, old, you name it. The movie captured the Japanese public’s imagination.

But now, with advance tickets going on sale next month, the movie is getting an R-rated release in the U.S. for “violence and bloody images.” The anime is, make no mistake, violent. But in comparison, it’s PG-12 in Japan (the country’s version of PG-13).

But perhaps the rating doesn’t matter for the U.S. audience? Maybe American moviegoers are still staying away from theatres because of the pandemic and digital was always where the picture was going to find its audience outside Japan.

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train will be in U.S. theatres on April 23 with a digital release to follow on June 22.

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